EU: Statewatch Analysis: A missed opportunity to open up secret trilogue decision-making in the EU


The “EU legislature” to continue meeting in secret
“Space to think” in secret maintained
Ombudsman: “trilogues are not expressly foreseen in the Treaties”
No legal basis under the Lisbon Treaty for trilogues


"One of the fundamental principles of a democracy is that its legislatures should carry out their proceedings in public. When the Council and the European Parliament meet to decide on legislative matters the trilogues are in effect the “EU legislature”.

Trilogue meetings must be open and access to all the documents under discussion be made available to the public and civil society as they are produced. It is these principles that define a democracy worthy of the name."


See the full text: A missed opportunity to open up secret trilogue decision-making in the EU (pdf) by Tony Bunyan

 

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